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It's no secret, I tend to collect and save what most people label as "junk!" It frustrates Steph but every once in a while that hoard comes in handy.
This "use what you have" clock project is an example of that. I have to tell on myself. We got a nice set of drill bits and drivers and Steph threw the old ones in the trash. I saw them and promptly fished them out, much to her dismay! She rolled her eyes and wanted to know what I was going to do with them.
See those little bits up there in the picture, the seconds' markings on the clock? Those are the "fished out of the trash" bits! (After seeing the finished product, Steph apologized for rolling her eyes!)
The inspiration for this clock actually started with this center drawer I found curbside. I left the desk (it was big and bulky and I couldn't put it in my car) but took all the drawers. This is the first project with the salvaged drawers. To me, the back side looked like the perfect canvas on which to build a clock.
This is a wood and cork kitchen hot pad. The cork was removed with a scraper and then sanded smooth. We are using Diablo SandNet sandpaper (our new favorite). In case you're wondering, the sander is connected via that hose to a Makita shop vac. On this particular model, when the sander is plugged into the vac, and dust collection automatically turns on. It has really cut down on the amount of sanding debris that gets into the air.
I don't often gush about projects, but I love this one! Maybe because it was my idea start to finish with the exception of that last minute saw blade addition. It's an exciting challenge to take what you have to make something functional and fun!
What are you collecting that you can make into something else? Share what you hoard, or is that just me? ~Vicki
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